Post Adoption Support Directory

At BraveLove, we believe it’s vital that a birth mother not walk alone because the journey of adoption does not end at placement.

Here’s a list of birth parent post-adoption support groups and retreats around the country that we recommend. These groups/events are not facilitated by BraveLove. Though we’ve spoken with them, vetted them, and encourage you to see if they could be a good fit for you. 

Important Note: Every person is different, which is why we’ve created this varied list. We plan to expand this directory over time with more details and more groups in order to provide lots of different support options. If you know of a birth parent support group or retreat, contact us. We’d love to learn more about them.

Also, check out our event calendar for specific dates and times for these groups. Most of the events on the calendar are not BraveLove-facilitated events.

Note: Due to COVID-19, most in-person support groups have been canceled. Stay tuned for news once they are re-scheduled.


Arizona

Expectant & Birth Mother Support Group - Gilbert, AZ

Adoption Home Study Services of Arizona offers a monthly support group for those who have placed a child for adoption OR those who are considering their options. This group is a safe place to get support and know that you are not alone. It's for any expectant mother considering her options, birth mothers, and a support person of their choice.

The group meets on the 1st Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. No cost to attend. Additional post-adoption support services include: Private Facebook Group for birth mothers only, individual support and education through the adoption process, outreach opportunities

Interested? Call Calli at 480-392-5723 or email her for more information.

Visit website // Email: calli@azadoptionservices.org // Call: 480-392-5723


California

Lifetime Healing Birth Mother Support Group - Pasadena, CA

This group meets in Pasadena every 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7pm.  Any birth mother is welcome. 

Email Katie for more info.


Florida

Gladney’s Finding Hope & Support - Brandon, FL

Hosted by the Gladney Center for Adoption, this group meets every Monday evening at a local restaurant from 7-9 p.m. It's open to any woman who has placed a child for adoption, not just Gladney birth mothers. The group is both for women who are considering adoption and women who have placed.

Email: Erica.andres@gladney.org

Placement from the Heart Support Group - Port Orange, FL

Placement from the Heart is a local birth parent support group providing peer support and mentoring to all birth parents. We have tailored-made events for any individual that has been touched by adoption placement. If you are looking for a group of women who understand how you are feeling, Placement from the Heart is for you. Adoption-minded women, women who are in the middle of their adoption plan, and women that have placed their child are invited to come and share a relaxed afternoon of good food and conversation. “Nothing is off-limits,” you will hear us talk about everything from morning sickness to new hairstyles! You can be yourself, just sit back and listen or jump in and ask a question.

Call or email Angela if you would like more information:

Visit website  // Email: angelaquick@hotmail.com // Call 386–852–9098


Georgia

Abiding Love Adoptions Birthmother Support Group - Brunswick, GA

Never Alone, Never Forgotten, Always Loved. Specializing in open adoption and advocating for expectant mothers and birth mothers. For more information, contact our director of birth mother advocacy.

Call 1-800-277-0748 Ext. 1 // Email: carrie@abidingloveadopt.com

Bethany’s Birthmother Support Group - Atlanta, GA

Adoption is a lifelong journey. You may find that you need support after an adoption is finalized. Bethany Christian Services understands and offers support groups for birth parents to share their experiences and lean on each other for strength and encouragement.

Contact this office (BCSpostadopt@bethany.org) for details on upcoming meetings.

Call 770.274.3451 // Email: BCSpostadopt@bethany.org


Illinois

Retreats with On Your Feet Foundation

Visit website


Kansas

Adoption Option’s Birthparent Support Group - Overland Park, KS

Adoption Option, Inc. has an active birth parent support group that meets on the last Tuesday of every month from 6:00-7:00 pm at the Kansas office. The group is open to all birth parents who’ve made adoption plans for their children as well as to those who are pregnant and are considering adoption or are in the process of making adoption plans for their babies. It can be very helpful to talk to others who are or have been in similar situations.

Visit website // Call 913-642-7900

Catholic Diocese of Wichita’s Birth Mom Support Group - Wichita, KS

The Catholic Diocese of Wichita offers a monthly support group that meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 6:30 pm. No cost to attend. It is open to the public but currently for birth mothers only.

Additional post-adoption support services include: private Facebook group for birth moms only, one-on-one counseling services, fall event with birth families and adoptive families, and an annual holiday party.

Email: toombsb@catholicdioceseofwichita.org

Maryland

Bethany’s Birthmother Support Group - Crofton, MD

Adoption is a lifelong journey. You may find that you need support after an adoption is finalized. Bethany Christian Services understands and offers support groups for birth parents to share their experiences and lean on each other for strength and encouragement.

Contact this office (BCSpostadopt@bethany.org) for details on upcoming meetings.

Call 410.721.2835 // Email: BCSpostadopt@bethany.org


Michigan

Bethany’s Birthmother Support Group

Adoption is a lifelong journey. You may find that you need support after an adoption is finalized. Bethany Christian Services understands and offers support groups for birth parents to share their experiences and lean on each other for strength and encouragement.

Contact the specific office (BCSpostadopt@bethany.org) for details on upcoming meetings.

Allegan, MI

Call 616.396.0623 // Email: BCSpostadopt@bethany.org

Grand Haven, MI

Call 616.396.0623  // Email: BCSpostadopt@bethany.org

Grand Rapids, MI

Call 616.224.7617  // Email: BCSpostadopt@bethany.org

Holland, MI

Call 616.396.0623  // Email: BCSpostadopt@bethany.org

Kalamazoo, MI

Call 269.372.8800  // Email: BCSpostadopt@bethany.org

Lancaster, MI

Call 717.399.3213 // Email: BCSpostadopt@bethany.org

Madison Heights, MI

Call 248.414.4080  // Email: BCSpostadopt@bethany.org

Muskego, MI

Call 231.733.1618  // Email: BCSpostadopt@bethany.org


Missouri

Bethany’s Birthmother Support Group - St. Louis, MO

Adoption is a lifelong journey. You may find that you need support after an adoption is finalized. Bethany Christian Services understands and offers support groups for birth parents to share their experiences and lean on each other for strength and encouragement.

Contact this office (BCSpostadopt@bethany.org) for details on upcoming meetings.

Visit website // Call 314-781-6363 // Email: BCSpostadopt@bethany.org


North Carolina

Retreats with Birthmom Buds

BirthMom Buds hosts an annual retreat in North Carolina. 

Visit website // Call Coley 864-205-7387 // Email: BirthmomBuds@gmail.com


Oklahoma

Deaconess’s Common Threads Support Group - Oklahoma City, OK

Deaconess Pregnancy & Adoption, is a premier, care-oriented adoption agency serving women and families all across Oklahoma. They provide annual birth mother retreats to honor and support women who have made the courageous choice for adoption. The following are the Post-Adoption Services they offer:

Search & Reunion

Whether you are a parent seeking your placed child or an adopted child seeking your birth parents or relatives, Deaconess can help. We offer search and reunion services tailored to your situation. Call us today to learn more about how we can help.

Birth Mother Retreat

At Deaconess, we honor the loving sacrifices made by birth mothers who place their children for adoption. One way we give back is with our Birth Mother Retreats, events where birth mothers can come together to share support, stories, and love.

The staff at Deaconess are committed to providing lifelong services to birth families. It is normal to experience mixed feelings after placing a child for adoption. Many birth parents have questions about how to communicate with others who may be not understanding of their adoption decision.

Visit website // Call 405-949-4200


Oregon

Northwest Birthmom Group - Portland, OR

The Northwest Birthmom Group was created to support and empower other birth mothers in their journey through friendship, love, strength, and support. This group is specifically for women who have placed a child for adoption. Jessica and Chelsea, birthmothers themselves, know firsthand the need for support and welcome those with open arms. All ages and placement dates welcome.

This birth mom support group meets in Portland the last Thursday of every month from 7:00-8:30pm. Follow their Facebook page for location changes.

Email: nwbirthmomgroup@gmail.com // Facebook


Pennsylvania

Gladney’s Hand in Hand Birth Mother Support Group - Pittsburg, PA

Email: Cheryl.parkhill@gladney.org


South Carolina

Bethany’s Birthmother Support Group - Columbia, SC

Adoption is a lifelong journey. You may find that you need support after an adoption is finalized. Bethany Christian Services understands and offers support groups for birth parents to share their experiences and lean on each other for strength and encouragement.

Contact this office (BCSpostadopt@bethany.org) for details on upcoming meetings.

Call 803-779-0541 // Email: BCSpostadopt@bethany.org


South Dakota

Bethany’s Birthmother Support Group - Rapid City, SD

Adoption is a lifelong journey. You may find that you need support after an adoption is finalized. Bethany Christian Services understands and offers support groups for birth parents to share their experiences and lean on each other for strength and encouragement.

Contact this office (BCSpostadopt@bethany.org) for details on upcoming meetings.

Visit website // Call 803-779-0541 // Email: BCSpostadopt@bethany.org


Texas

Retreats with Birth Mom Bridge Ministries - Midland, TX

To learn more information about their annual birthmother retreats, visit their website

Birth Parent Support Group at Catholic Charities - Dallas, TX

This birth parent support group offers emotional support for people at all stages of the life-long adoption process. It's an opportunity to connect with other birth parents and share stories. It's facilitated by a licensed adoption professional, who is also a birth mother.

- Free support group

- Family members welcome

- Meetings begin at 5:45

Call 214-526-2772 // Email: csalazar@ccdallas.org

Hope Cottage’s DFW Adoption Triad Support Group - Dallas, TX

The DFW Triad Support Group helps adoptees, birth parents, and adoptive parents navigate their experiences and emotions with their adoption journey. The DFW Triad Support Group is not offered as therapy, but rather as a place for understanding, support, and healing for anyone touched by adoption. You do not have to be connected to Hope Cottage to attend the Support Group.

The DFW Triad Support Group meets the Third Monday of each month from 7:00 PM-8 30 PM. Please call or email Sara Campbell, the group facilitator, for questions or more information.

Visit website // Click to see flyer // Email: DFWTriad@hopecottage.org

Buckner's Birth Mother Support Group - Longview, TX

This is a community of women who have the shared experience of placing a child for adoption. A place to share the joys and challenges of being a birth parent. The group is also open to women currently considering a plan of adoption for their child.
This group meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 6:00 PM-7:00 PM.

Call 903-452-0890 // Email: calliedimond@letu.edu  

New Life Adoption’s Support Group - Houston, TX

An open support group for birth mothers, birth fathers, and pregnant women considering adoption. The group meets on the first Wednesday of every month providing peer support and counseling. On the third Wednesday of every month, there is an open support group for birth grandmothers. 

Visit website // Call 281-955-1001 // Email: info@newlifeadopt.com

AdoptionWorks Support Group - Dallas/Fort Worth, TX

AdoptionWorks has partnered with Lifetime Healing to provide a support group for birth mothers.

This support group is for women at any stage in post-placement, and they meet on the fourth Thursday of every month from 6:30-8:30 PM. There is no cost to attend. 

Call 972-960-9981 or 214-952-7421 // Visit website


Tennessee

Bethany’s Birthmother Support Group

Adoption is a lifelong journey. You may find that you need support after an adoption is finalized. Bethany Christian Services understands and offers support groups for birth parents to share their experiences and lean on each other for strength and encouragement.

Contact the office for details on upcoming meetings.

Chattanooga, TN

Call 423-622-7360 // Email: BCSpostadopt@bethany.org

Nashville, TN

Call 615-242-0909 // Email: BCSpostadopt@bethany.org


Virginia

Catholic Charities of Arlington’s Support Group - Arlington, VA

This birth mother support group, hosted by Catholic Charities of Arlington, meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month. It's an open monthly support group for women of all ages and faiths and there's no cost to attend. It is for birth mothers only. Other available services include:

- Private Facebook Page for Birth Mothers

- One-on-One Counseling

- Annual Birth Mother’s Day Picnic

- Annual Christmas Party

Visit website  // Email: sporter@ccda.net


Wisconsin

Bethany’s Birthmother Support Group - Waukesha, WI

Adoption is a lifelong journey. You may find that you need support after an adoption is finalized. Bethany Christian Services understands and offers support groups for birth parents to share their experiences and lean on each other for strength and encouragement.

Contact this office (BCSpostadopt@bethany.org) for details on upcoming meetings.

Call 262.547.6557 // Email: BCSpostadopt@bethany.org


What others are saying about support...

"Being in this support group has really helped me through my adoption. I have these other women, who know exactly how I’m feeling, to talk to. They have given me great advice whenever I ask for it. They can tell you what they went through and how they handled a certain situation. I would recommend this group because birth moms need other birth moms to talk to. It’s not that they aren’t able to talk to their friends or family, but having someone who knows how you’re feeling and how they have handled a situation can be so helpful. At every meeting, I feel like we are one big family. We laugh, we cry, we can be ourselves with each other. This group makes me realize that I made the best decision by choosing adoption." - Brittney

"Support was something I never thought was necessary for me. Being adopted made me think that I could handle being a birth mom without feeling anything but happy. It took me four years to finally step into the birth mom support group at Gladney, but guess what? I was so wrong! Being in the support group washes me with this joy that is overwhelmingly beautiful. Just being around women who share this amazing commonality with me, envelopes me in comfort. To hear the stories of strength, joy, and tears, empowers me and lets me know that I don’t have to face the world alone. At Gladney's support group, even if I don't need to get anything off my chest, it's wonderful to be able to fellowship with such selfless and influential women. Not everyone understands our journey, but when I walk through those doors, they do, and it’s a completely judge free zone to just be myself. Sometimes we just need that support to grow us, and I'm so thankful for Gladney providing that to birth moms just like me." - Katie

"An active member of a parish, a mother, grandmother, and widow. I am also a birth mother who placed my firstborn child for adoption. One never knows a person's life story, whether that individual is sitting next to you at Mass, standing in front of you at the grocer’s checkout counter, or coaching your daughter’s softball team. Being a birth mother is not something that one shouts from the rooftop but it is a very important part of one's life story. This past spring I attended "After the Gift," a retreat for birth mothers who have placed their babies for adoption. I, along with other birth mothers, was facilitated by a counselor, other past participants, as well as a priest. I explored my feelings, good or bad, acknowledged my experiences, and gave thanks for what I had done. I explored and discovered where life had taken me and what God has in store for me. I was treated like a queen at times with special gifts, quiet times, a birthday cake and art projects. A special Mass/Service on Sunday morning was celebrated to honor all of us attending birth mothers. This retreat healed old wounds and helped me to begin to establish a God-centered direction in my life." - Debra

"Something wonderful happens when birthmothers get together. What once was secret, hidden and buried deep within becomes a common thread that binds them together. During the “After the Gift” retreats, this instant connection begins on Friday night and continues to grow throughout the weekend. In this safe environment, birthmothers are free to express all of their emotions and offer support to each other. After the Gift is a jewel in the Diocese of Wichita … offered as a gift … to birthmothers of all ages." - Carolyn

 

Check out our event calendar for adoption-related events, support groups, and retreats.

 

 

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